PolitiFact Breaks Down Some Less Than Accurate Ads For WLRN

Nov 5, 2012

Sen. Bill Nelson's race against Connie Mack has devolved into some untruthful ads, PoliFact's Aaron Sharockman says.
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We are in the homestretch of what will be another historic election that has the eyes of the nation on Florida.

Recently, PolitiFact Florida's Aaron Sharockman talked to WLRN's Phil Latzman about some of PolitiFact's final fact checks on races for Senate and President here in the biggest battleground state of all.

First, Sharockman says that the otherwise ho-hum U.S. Senate race between Sen. Bill Nelson and Connie Mack has produced some less than accurate ads.

"There are a lot of claims in this race... but a lot of them are misleading," he says.

He says an ad accusing Nelson about being the deciding vote on 'Obamacare,' which Mack claims was the biggest tax hike in U.S. History, are not true.

Sharockman tells us that Nelson was not the deciding vote on the health care vote and the law isn't even close to being the biggest tax hike in the U.S.

He also says that anti-Mack ads from the Nelson campaign attacking Mack's congressional attendance are only half true. Also, Sharockman says that if you look at both their voting attendances over time, both candidates are pretty much the same.

"So you can cook the numbers to make Connie Mack look bad, but if you cook them another way they about have the same record," Sharockman says.

He also says he gave Adam Putnam's claim that Democrats were trading cell phones to poor people for their votes was 'Pants on Fire'-- the worst rating a claim can get.


"There is a law on the books-- a very old law-- that gives some federal program that gives access to some low income people to cell phones," Sharockman explains, "but it has nothing to do with voting. It has nothing to do with Democrats-- and it certainly has nothing to do with Barack Obama getting Democrats to vote."